Public Works

The Harlem Public Works Department has varied responsibilities that include street maintenance, stormwater maintenance, water, sewer, landscaping, landfill, facilities maintenance and debris pickup.  They maintain an extensive water system that extends well beyond the City Limits.  Public Works also maintains a sewer system and a treatment plant that handles approximately 250,000 gallons per day.

The Public Works department consists of a Public Works Director, two Superintendents, five maintenance technicians, two landscape maintenance technicians, and two wastewater treatment plant operators.

Public Works is always on call to respond to emergencies after hours and on weekends.  If you have a public works-related emergency after hours, please contact the Police Department at (706) 556-6262, and they will dispatch the on-call personnel.

We encourage contractors and homeowners alike to Call 811 before you dig.  This is a crucial step that is designed to prevent damage to utilities owned by the City of Harlem and other providers.  Here’s some additional information about Georgia 811:

About Georgia 811: 

Georgia law mandates that, before beginning any mechanized digging or excavation work, you must contact Georgia 811 by using eRequest on or by calling 811 or 1-800-282-7411 at least 48 hours but no more than 10 working days in advance to have utility lines marked. 

Georgia 811 is a nonprofit corporation dedicated to preventing damage to Georgia’s underground utilities and promoting public safety. We function as a communication system, connecting our member utility companies with professional excavators and homeowners who are planning mechanized digging activity such as excavation, tunneling, grading, boring and demolition. 

Although it is not required by Georgia law to notify the Georgia 811 if a smaller, non-mechanized digging project is planned, we encourage residents to do so to ensure their personal safety and the safety of those around them. These projects can include installing a fence, deck, swing set or mail box; planting trees or landscaping. 

This notification system provides Georgia 811 members an opportunity to locate and identify any underground facilities they may have in an area where digging is planned.

Homeowner eRequest: 

Homeowner eRequest is an online application form for homeowners to start the locate request process. It will let you send GA811 the information necessary for us to process your locate request. We will review your request, determine the Member facility owner/operators to be notified and then get back to you with pertinent information about your request. Homeowners can access the eRequest form by visiting

About EDEN: 

EDEN (Excavation Digging Event Notification) is a Web Application that enables Members and Professional Excavators to create, manage, respond to and edit Georgia 811 Locate Request Tickets. EDEN can be accessed online or on your mobile device via the EDEN Mobile Application (available for Android, iPhone, and iPad). For more information about EDEN, visit

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Robert Fields

Robert Fields

Public Works Director

(706) 556-3500 – Office


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